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Conference to explore new discoveries about origins, diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus
http://www.news-medical.net ^ | Published on August 11, 2011 at 4:24 AM | Source: University at Buffalo

Posted on 08/11/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT by Red Badger

University at Buffalo research showing that a new drug that eliminated tinnitus with a single dose in animal models is among the advances that will be presented at the Fifth Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference, "The Neuroscience of Tinnitus," sponsored by UB's Center for Hearing and Deafness Aug. 19-21 in Grand Island, N.Y.

"The Neuroscience of Tinnitus" will explore new discoveries about the origins, diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus (the perception of sound without any acoustic stimulus), a disorder that affects 10-14 percent of Americans and is especially prevalent among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. While various therapies can help some sufferers, there is no medically approved standard treatment and no cure.

Top tinnitus researchers and clinicians from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia will attend the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Tinnitus Research Initiative at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

"The best tinnitus investigators in the world will be here," says Richard Salvi, PhD, chief conference organizer and head of UB's Center for Hearing and Deafness, one of the world's leading hearing research laboratories and Western New York's only specialty clinic for tinnitus patients.

A documentary filmmaker, who is making a film on the disorder with the assistance of the American Tinnitus Association, will be at the conference interviewing some of these well-known researchers, Salvi adds.

Part of the increased attention to tinnitus, he says, is due to its growing incidence among war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

"As many as 50 percent of combat soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who come back have tinnitus," Salvi says. "In 2010, the Veterans Administration paid out more than $1 billion for tinnitus disability claims alone. It's become a huge problem for military and VA hospitals."

That's because of the intense noise soldiers must withstand, Salvi explains, noting that this is why the U.S. Office of Naval Research is a major conference sponsor.

Topics to be covered at the conference include evaluating effective strategies for assessing tinnitus; various treatments such as cochlear implants, electric acoustic stimulation and sound therapy; how light affects tinnitus, as well as scientific advances on the physiological, neurochemical and biological mechanisms that cause tinnitus.

Edward Lobarinas, PhD, assistant research professor of communicative disorders and sciences, will present work he and colleagues at UB have done showing that two potassium ion channel modulators, called Maxipost and R-Maxipost, completely eliminated behavioral evidence of tinnitus in animals with drug-induced tinnitus. Further research is needed to determine if these compounds suppress other forms of tinnitus.

UB researchers also will present work on how hearing loss early in life affects sound tolerance, how the amygdala in the brain may influence the generation of tinnitus and how the auditory cortex in the brain of animal models is affected by the disorder.

Source: University at Buffalo


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: ear; hearing; tinnitus

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1 posted on 08/11/2011 8:41:41 AM PDT by Red Badger
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2 posted on 08/11/2011 8:42:21 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Wow I live in Buffalo and have not heard a thing about this.. I hope they look for volunteers to test this


3 posted on 08/11/2011 8:44:16 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Red Badger

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5 posted on 08/11/2011 8:45:54 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Red Badger; waterhill

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6 posted on 08/11/2011 8:49:34 AM PDT by Envisioning ( Call me a racist................, one more time......................)
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To: Red Badger

You rang???? :D


7 posted on 08/11/2011 8:49:55 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red Badger

Why this stupid picture??? There is overwhelming ugliness in this world and you don’t have to add to it!


8 posted on 08/11/2011 8:53:06 AM PDT by Buddygirl
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To: Red Badger
tinnitus disability claims

I find this puzzling. I've had tinnitus ever since I can remember, so I've not experienced the change from no ringing to ringing. Is it really a disability?

9 posted on 08/11/2011 8:59:10 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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10 posted on 08/11/2011 9:04:08 AM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Red Badger

I heard a ring like the telephone that woke me up last night. Did not get back to sleep.


11 posted on 08/11/2011 9:14:39 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: FourPeas

What did you say?


12 posted on 08/11/2011 9:16:29 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Red Badger

Will be following this...I’ve had the big ‘T’ since 2004 and would love to get rid of it.. btw love the pic..


13 posted on 08/11/2011 9:30:54 AM PDT by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: Red Badger
Someday soon, maybe.

If they need volunteers let me know.

14 posted on 08/11/2011 9:33:53 AM PDT by OKSooner (When someone tells you who they are, believe them.)
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To: Red Badger

15 posted on 08/11/2011 9:44:59 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: FourPeas

Yes, for many people it really is, especially if they have had it only for a relatively short time frame, and have not learned to ‘tune it out’.

IIRC, the VA will give you a 10% disability for ‘tinnitus’ if it was a result of your military service.

There have been people who have committed suicide to ‘stop the noise’.

It can be maddening to not be able to hear ‘quiet’. Many people lose sleep and become dysfunctional, some become preoccupied with it to the exclusion of all else.

The Boomer Generation and Generation X are now becoming the greatest sufferers of this malady, and I predict that GenY and the current generation of Hip-Hop and high power car stereos and iPods will soon follow...............


16 posted on 08/11/2011 10:26:42 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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17 posted on 08/11/2011 11:23:55 AM PDT by citizen (Romney/Christie or Rubio!! Either would be great. Bachmann fading...No more Dick Obama in 2012!)
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To: Red Badger

Thanks for the ping.


18 posted on 08/11/2011 11:35:40 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Red Badger

thanks


19 posted on 08/11/2011 1:13:27 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West (this tagline under review))
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To: Red Badger

It didn’t bother me all day....until I read this. Now the cicadas are out in force!


20 posted on 08/11/2011 1:38:15 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Even the hapless Joe Biden would harm the country less than 0bozo. Impeach NOW)
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To: FourPeas

Me too, 4, I think the disability part relates more to our learning to block a certain sound level, which may also include other sounds and voices being partially ignored that would be good to hear properly.


21 posted on 08/11/2011 1:59:31 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: FourPeas
Is it really a disability?

The simple answer is YES! I suffer from it in both ears and the constant ringing sensation is very disruptive. It prevents sleep, causes a sensation that feels like your under water, affects the ability to hear properly, and if you ask my wife, she'll tell you it makes me a real PIA to be around some times. I personally can't stand the constant ringing, but what are you gonna do. I've tried different therapies but none work and there's no medication on the market with a proven track record to help reduce or eliminate the problem. I pray for the day there's a breakthough before I completely lose what I have left of my hearing.

22 posted on 08/11/2011 7:12:13 PM PDT by 41Thunder (The SUPPLY of Government is GREATER than the DEMAND of the people)
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